Our Programs

Each week, the CTE offers workshops on a plethora of topics on face-to-face and online teaching including setting goals and objectives, aligning activities to course objectives, using alternative assessments, practicing active lecturing and effective discussions, methods of getting feedback from students, creating classroom community, engaging in culturally responsive pedagogies, constructing a teaching philosophy, fostering critical thinking, and using methods for getting students to read more effectively. Each 2- hour workshop is highly interactive with the intent on supporting faculty to learn new models and implement new practices into their classroom.

Each semester, the CTE Director selects 2-3 books for small group book club discussions. Faculty select the discussion book they are interested in and arrange with other members on meeting times and dates. Books groups that meet in the Faculty Commons are also provided with snacks and drinks.

Faculty can earn a Digital Badge in Teaching and Learning Practices by attending the required number of Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) classes and submitting a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Badges are given at the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Faculty must attend at least 7 workshops for the Bronze Badge; 10 workshops for the Silver and 13 classes for the Gold. A MOU is required at each level in which faculty commit to implementing new practices in their teaching as a result of any one of these workshops. Workshops can be any that are offered by the CTE. These include 2-hour or 3-hour special events.

Faculty with particularly good skills in online teaching offer peer consultations and other forms of support to improve the online teaching skills of all faculty across campus. Fellows are selected by the Directors of the CTE and ITTD along with the Assistant Provost of DEEL. Fellows submit an application for the Fellowship and every effort is made to offer this opportunity to a faculty member of each College.

Several times a year, the CTE hosts a special speaker with expertise in an area of teaching and student learning. Most events are 3 hours and often feature individuals who are nationally recognized in the field of faculty development.

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) offers a cross-disciplinary group of 10 to 12 participants the opportunity to study pedagogical topics of shared interest in an in-depth, ongoing, scholarly, and systematic manner. FLC participants delve into existing research on their common area of inquiry, then design and pursue projects that require them to apply and test new ideas about student learning.